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The world of art is extremely diverse, with each artist having different interpretations of the world around them. Here is the artistic vision of Pam Johnson Brickell.

Pam Johnson Brickell

Pam Johnson Brickell paints with transparent watercolors which she sometimes embellishes with pen and ink, soft pastels or watercolor pencils. She maintains a realistic style when creating the birds, but chooses to employ a more impressionistic approach to the background and environs, which allows her to unify the various images within the painting.

PAINTING STYLES

Acrylic paints

A midway between oil and watercolour, acrylic paints give deep tones. Brickell uses acrylics quite often in her work.

Watercolor painting

Watercolors are very light and require a lot more care since they get very diluted very fast and may produce the undesirable shade.

Oil painting

Oil is the most sought out paint among professional artists, and Pam Johnson Brickell is definitely one of them.

REVIEWS

The most beautiful art, Pam Brickell is one of the most talented artists I have ever seen!

Daniel S. Tran

Brickell’s bird paintings are sensationally realistic. I have one of her paintings in my living room and I love how it looks.

David E. Williams

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Utilize Unique Art Mediums To Create Masterpieces

The great thing is that art can be found in many places and brought to life in different ways. Whether you’re a graphic designer, painter, sculptor, or even a vinyl wrap artist producing brilliantly colored wraps with custom graphics, art can be brought to life and interpreted in many ways. So what are some of the most unique or different ways to showcase your artistic visions and talents? We took a look at a number of differentiator unusual art mediums.

Most Unique or Unusual Art Mediums

Vehicle Vinyl Wraps:

In this day and age, many have turned to vehicle vinyl wraps to showcase their individuality and unique visions. Bringing those visions to life requires the skills of an artist, but not any artist a vehicle wrap artist. SS Customs was recognized and given an award for being the best vehicle enhancement studio on the West Coast. They bring to life incredible pieces of art and then install them flawlessly on personal vehicles and commercial vehicles. They literally transform your vehicle into a driving piece of artwork to be showcased and admired wherever you may go. Available in different finches and textures as well as color change options, vehicle vinyl wrap artists truly have a unique medium and artistic gift.

Dryer Lint Art:

Believe it or not, dryer lint is responsible for making some pretty unique and amazing portraits and art. Dryer Lint artist Heidi Hooper creates portraits with dryer lint that include pop culture scenes as well as animals and vibrant colors. Her art is so amazing that many java called her the “Andy Warhol of dryer lint!”

Etch-A-Sketch Art: 

We had to include etch-a-sketch art because what other art medium is as constricting as creating a masterpiece with one connected line? One etch-a-sketch artist can create portraits on a pocket etch-a-sketch within minutes, while bigger pieces like The Mona Lisa can take upwards of 10+ hours. And if the artist makes a mistake too big to be incorporated into the sketch she has to erase and start completely over! Talk about patience and staying true to your art form.

Sand Sculptures: 

One of the pieces of unique art that truly amaze me. Standing next to the ocean and feeling the ocean breeze smelling that fresh, salty ocean air while observing a beautiful and intricate sand sculpture may be one of life’s greatest pleasures. We are talking intricate and chiseled sculptures depicting anything and everything your imagination can think up. In fact, this type of art has gained so many spectators that on Tybee Island they actually hold a Sand Arts Festival.  

As we mentioned before the great thing about art is that it has few if any limitations and barriers. Well except when it comes to that constricting Etch-A-Sketch art. But really, your imagination, skill, and dedication may just help you bring art to life in unique and different ways, which only adds to the overall finished masterpiece in the end!

Different Ways To Experience Painting

When it comes to art and painting there are many different fundamental techniques & painting materials to be utilized. Finding the different types of painting that suit you best and that best showcase your artistic abilities can make all the difference. While there are many different ways and materials to use while painting we compiled a list of some of the most popular and most enjoyed ways to paint!

4 Different Ways To Paint

Oil paint: 

This paint is made from color pigments suspended in oil. It is often used to create textured paintings and makes drying time a very long process. It takes time to produce the artwork you desire when utilizing oil paints and some oil paint mediums can be filled with toxic ingredients which should also be taken into account. Oil painting does produce the richest colors and is one of the most popular forms of paint utilized.

Acrylic:

Acrylic paint offers a wide range of textures and drying times. It is water-soluble and dries pretty quickly in most cases. It is also non-toxic unlike oil paints and is also more cost-effective. Another great thing about acrylic paints is that they can be utilized by all skill levels of painters/artists. Oftentimes, acrylic paint holds up a lot better than oil paint and it can also be utilized with many other painting techniques which really helps you to manipulate the final look of your masterpiece.

Watercolor:

The pigments that make up this paint are suspended in a water-based solution. They are known for their transparent layers that are created even when the paint is dry. And when dry watercolor paint still remains soluble. Another great thing is that many watercolor techniques can be utilized to create different art/paintings.

Pastels:

Also known as dry painting, pastels have been around since the 16th century. They come in stick form and do not require any drying time, which makes them a great choice for portable painting. The most popular type of pastels is soft pastels which have chalk in them.  But there are also oil pastels that have more of a way to finish as compared to chalk-based or soft pastels.

In the end, it is a great idea and a lot of fun to explore different ways to paint. You made find a new technique you are good at and create even more wonderful masterpieces!

A Brief History Of Landscape Painting Of Cities

Painting

Just like there is no conclusive consensus about the exact date of birth of the first city, there is no practical way to definitively establish a precise date of start of the history of cityscape painting. The earliest evidence of a landscape painting dated back to about 1550 BCE was found in the city of Akrotiri, on the Greek island of Santorini. The enigmatic fresco painting called the “Ship Procession Fresco” or “The Flotilla Fresco” depicted a boat trip between two fortified cities, which are, however, not the protagonists of the composition. Something similar was also reported in 1997 on the Baths of Trajan, Rome. The painting was called the “City Fresco” which depicted an aerial view of a coastal city, which could be real or imagined, and is largely considered the first complete cityscape in the history of painting. Some Roman fresco paintings depicting coastal cities in part have also been found in Stabiae near Pompeii.

cityscape painting

 

Partial representations of cities can be found throughout the Middle Ages where they are used as backgrounds in several illuminated manuscripts, without actually achieving a specific role in the composition. However, Western art began to revive in the late thirteenth and early fourteenth century and thanks to artists such as Cimabue, Duccio da Buonisegna and Giotto di Bondone, among others, European painting became free from the rigid Byzantine tradition, reworking its soul and beginning new paths. Ambrogio Lorenzetti painted the fresco painting “City by the Sea” in 1335, usually considered the first actual landscape of a city in the history of Western Art. However, his “Allegory of Good Government”, which, with its many chromatic planes, lacking perspective, is extremely remarkable and seems to enigmatically anticipate certain paintings from the early twentieth-century experimental era, such as those by Klimt and Schiele.

Even though small bright cityscapes appeared as backgrounds in some paintings by the most famous artists of that era, like Piero Della Francesca’s “Saint Helena and the Holy Cross”, interest in cityscape painting that began with Lorenzetti did not create a remarkable continuous tradition in Italy until the late fifteenth century. Some Venetian painters at the time, most notably Gentile Bellini and Vittore Carpaccio, created what is today considered the first Golden Age of cityscape painting in Western Art, a short but remarkable prelude to the veduta painting.

landscape paintings

Even though many of the most notable artists at the time included beautiful representations of cities as backgrounds like Albrecht Altdorfer’s “Battle of Alexander at Issus” in 1529, there was no tradition of cityscape painting in northern Europe. However, remarkable experiments in urban landscapes were carried out in Renaissance Germany by engravers and printers like Michael Wolgemut.

10 Factors That Make Paintings Expensive

Paintings

A 1982 Jean-Michel Basquiat painting was sold at Sotheby’s for $110.5 million which made it the sixth most expensive artwork ever sold at an auction. You might have thought about what makes a canvas covered in paint amount to so much money. Here are ten reasons why paintings are valuable.

Authenticity

The primary element that sets a cheap painting apart from a costly one is its authenticity. An original Claude Monet painting is always going to be worth more than a copy of the same.

Provenance

The provenance of artwork, or a rich history of who it belonged to previously, is another determining factor in the value of the artwork. For instance, if a painting used to be owned by a prominent collector or came from a highly esteemed gallery, it will be worth a lot more automatically.

Condition

The condition of the painting is yet another vital factor which affects its price. If, for instance, an artwork has a tear or sun damage, it can adversely affect its price by a great degree.

Historical Significance

If the artwork in question is a major player in the canon of art history, it can potentially add a few 0’s to its price right away.

Popularity Of The Artist

If the artist is very trendy at the time of sale, their work will cost much more, even if it has no real staying power.

Typicality

If the work of art in question exhibits features of a famous artist that make them stand out, it will be worth a lot more. A cubist painting by Pablo Picasso, for instance, will typically cost more than one of his early landscapes, because people recognise Picasso for his extensive work on cubism.

Backstory Of The Artist

Interesting backstories of artists, like an early death, for instance, can affect the price of their paintings by leaps and bounds. This is because people love to know the story behind each painting, especially the one they want to buy, and the more attractive the backstory, the better the pricing will be. The artist’s early death can also increase the painting’s price because there are only a few paintings of the artist out there.

Paintings

Medium

Artwork done on canvas will generally sell for more than artwork done on paper. In the same way, paintings will obviously sell for more than a sketch or, of course, a print.

Colour

Another factor that comes into play when determining a painting’s value is the colours involved. Paintings that contain red, historically cost more than ones with other colours.

Subject Matter

Artworks that depict certain subject matter tend to sell for a more significant amount than others. For example, even though there are exceptions here and there, paintings of beautiful women tend to be worth more than paintings of men. Sunny landscapes tend to sell better than dark ones and ships in calm seas sell for more compared to ships in a storm. These rules don’t apply when the artist in question is extremely famous.